What is Sitematch?
Sitematch London is a property event which helps to create working relationships between public sector landowners and private sector developers and investors. Each participating London council (26 of which attended in 2017) is given a table, where senior officers of regeneration, economic development and planning can be found. They are joined by private sector developers for a series of 15-minute meetings, where discussions about possible future regeneration and development projects take place. Councils have 12 meetings and delegates have up to five, spread throughout the day. Once the meeting time is up, developers move onto the next council. It really is as simple as that.
Why should I attend?
If you’re a developer, no event is as beneficial as Sitematch. A rating of ‘excellent’ was given by 95% of our previous delegates. Executive director of regeneration and housing at Ealing Council, Pat Hayes, stated that Sitematch is a great opportunity for developers "to talk to the people in local authorities you need to talk to". He added: "You will often end up wasting valuable time talking to people lower in the organisation, who won’t give you the decision that you want. At Sitematch you get an immediate steer on whether a scheme is a good idea or a bad idea and how to take it forward. If you’re not at Sitematch you really are missing out."
The standout project from previous events is the new High Street Quarter project in Hounslow, a £210 million scheme to develop more than 500 new homes, as well as shops, restaurants and a cinema. "I think you can say this was our first big project to be promoted through Sitematch and resulted in us partnering with Barratt and Wilson Bowden," said director for regeneration, economic development and environment Brendon Walsh.
Sitematch has been sponsored by the likes of U+I, BNP Paribas and Willmott Dixon Knight Frank, who stated that "by supporting the event, we have been able to facilitate and participate in conversations between the private and public sector that we find enlightening and of value. This is the sort of event that we are proud to be associated with."
David Harley, head of planning and regeneration
Gunilla Edwards, Economic Development Team Manager
Sarah Steele, marketing manager - inward investment
Tony Nixon, land and terriers manager
Sarah Chaudhry, head of strategic property
Kevin Munnelly, head of town centre renewal
Chris Bolton, Programme Manager
Jeremy Shapiro, head of community investment and regeneration
Neil Vokes, director of development
Stephen Oates, Economic Development Manager
Stacia Baldock, partnership development officer
Lucy Taylor, director of regeneration and planning
Henry Kennedy-Skipton, head of regeneration
David Scourfield, borough planner
Jan Rowley, head of regeneration
Peter George, assistant director of regeneration
Christopher Broster, senior development manager
Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director, asset efficiency and One Public Estate
James Bridgewood, controls & public estate efficiency
Yvette Ralston, planning policy officer
Andrew Lubman, senior regeneration and development officer
Paul Nichols, director of regeneration
Suzanne Lansley, Projects and Programmes Manager
Christopher Barter, Programmes & Projects Manager
Marilyn Smith, head of development management
Joyce Ip, regeneration officer
Geraldine Knipe, major team manager
Sarah Wilson, team manager
Shabnam Ali, group manager - regeneration and internationalism
Jason Ashby, Regeneration Officer
Duncan Brown, delivery lead regeneration
Conor McDonagh, deliver lead regeneration
Freddie Mercury, Asset Strategy & Technical Support
Sunny Ee, Head of Regeneration
Wayne Saunders, Economic Development Officer
Paul McGarry, head of future Merton
Tara Butler, deputy Future Merton manager
Cllr Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Regeneration
Andy Holdsworth, property director, prison estate transformation programme
NHS Property Services
Dan Hoston, senior transaction manager
James Bolt, Senior Development Manager
Colin Boxall, Senior Area Programme Manager
Elizabeth Sanders, Regeneration Manager
Sharon Strutt, strategic head of delivery
Allan Jones, Urban Design and Conservation Manager
Susan Shaw, business and enterprise manager
Simon Hall, Executive Director
Mark Bradbury, associate director - capital assets
Bruce Glockling, head of regeneration and design
John Farrer, Framework Manager, Orbis Procurement
George McCullough, Sutton Town Centre Masterplan Delivery Programme Manager
Daniel Doris, Regeneration Project Manager - Major Schemes
Amanda Cherrington, Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration
Transport for London
Jonathan Martin, director, investment and delivery
Will Teasdale, head of strategic regeneration
Andy Algar, assistant director
2018 Private sector attendees:
Hadley Property Group
Mayfield Retirement Villages
Newlon Housing Trust
Wilkinson Construction Consultants
The timetable for Sitematch London 2019 will be announced in due course.
How can I book?
Sitematch London is confirmed for the 7 February 2019. To attend the event, contact Josie Brewer or Jake Westhead. The cost of attending is £899.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Paul Gussar.
The event is free for London's public sector landowners. If that is you, secure your place by contacting Natasha Pullan.
Topics for briefing sessions will be announced in due course.
"Sitematch gave us some excellent introductions to potential partners for the three big sites we own and we're bringing forward. I was particularly impressed with the level of PRS expertise we could pick up on through the day."
divisional director of planning, London Borough of Harrow
"It has been a great pleasure to see Sitematch evolve and it has become a real fixture on the development event calendar. Sitematch stands up against any event of this kind in the world."
executive director regeneration and housing, London Borough of Ealing
"The venue was superb and the speakers where excellent. Toby and his team at 3fox international helped me organise meetings and showed me around without any fuss. All I can say is that I thought the whole event was overwhelming at first with all the attendees, as I have never attended this type of event before. It’s like speed dating, but on a professional business level. It was a breath of fresh air to be able to talk straight and get to speak to the decision makes without having to jump through hoops."
managing director, Harper LUXE
"From a developer’s perspective the event was a fantastic opportunity to engage with Local Authorities from across London and the South-East. Bringing together such a large number of them in one place at the same time effectively condensed many months of hard work into just a few hours. I will definitely be attending the event next year and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to both private developers and local authorities."
development director, Strawberry Star Developments
"The market is extremely hot right now and competition is fierce. There are a few new entrants, for example registered providers. With huge cuts to their budgets from Whitehall they are under pressure to generate income from property, and we find ourselves bidding against them all the time. Sitematch is useful as we can meet the councils and find out in advance what opportunities they have."
land director, Barratt London